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A Million Tiny Decisions

There seem to be so many things we can do to help ourselves become who we hope to be. The one thing we can't do for ourselves is make others have respect for us. All the hard work, energy, strategy, education, manipulation and ambition can't give us the one quality we all long for ...… Continue reading A Million Tiny Decisions

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Words Have a Life of Their Own

My brother once shared a conversation with me where a man in his church had spoken such harsh, hateful words to him.  Not surprisingly, he had been deeply hurt by the words that man spoke to him.  I said, "Mark, just forget it, consider the source, he doesn't even know you."  He said something I… Continue reading Words Have a Life of Their Own

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He’s On Every Page

Jesus is the embodiment of all the O.T. pictures and types.  In fact, you can see Him plainly in every book of the Bible.  He’s on every page.  If you’re reading your Bible and you don’t see Jesus, look again, because He’s there. In Genesis He is our Creator. ... Exodus ... our Passover and… Continue reading He’s On Every Page

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God Sees A King

This is Easter week. It always makes me a little somber, which I would imagine is appropriate. We have the events leading to the cross, the crucifixion and then the resurrection. I am reminded of my unworthiness, hopelessness and my devastation without the cross. This leads me to humility and repentance for the part I… Continue reading God Sees A King

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The Lion and The Bear

  “Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my!” There is no tiger in this story, like from the Wizard of Oz song, but we do have a lion and a bear, which is still quite impressive. Have you ever killed the lion and the bear? I have. I’m not a big game hunter, so, allow… Continue reading The Lion and The Bear

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Eight Years

  Last week was our 8th anniversary as pastor and wife at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, KY.  It has been a joy and sometimes a challenge, but always a certain confidence God placed us here to do His work.  We are so thankful for the people who have stood firm with us through… Continue reading Eight Years

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A True Apology

There are three examples I love from our kids’ childhood in regard to apologizing.  Our two children would go through this little singsong process they instituted for when they had a conflict.  I would say to them, “say your sorrys.” The one who did the offending would say,  “sorry,” and the other one would reply,… Continue reading A True Apology

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Christian Celebrities

The  words Christian celebrity together seem incompatible.  But I think if we would all be completely honest, I believe we might have to admit this is what our Christian hero worship culture has created.  Through social media we might actually get them to pay attention to us. We can call them the Christian elite or… Continue reading Christian Celebrities

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A Humble Heart

Humility looks beautiful on everyone. Picture with me a man or woman who thinks of others before himself, makes others feel loved, asks questions about others, instead of talking about himself. He doesn’t demand his own way; encourages and doesn’t discourage; lifts up doesn’t tear down; has no condescension, no air of superiority, no manipulation;… Continue reading A Humble Heart